King Bong - "How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bong"
(Italy 2010)

From Aural Innovations #41 (October 2010)

Here is a pretty cool new Italian band playing psychedelic rock. The opening track starts very bluesy and then the heavy riffs kick in and some cool solos as well as the track takes you on a 19 minute jam into a stoned universe. With a title like Wake and Bake, it should. They slow it down in the middle with the bass and drums doing one thing and the guitar player making strange noises and stuff before he kicks into a solo that takes us back into the heavy stuff. One Riff to Rule Them All starts very slowly and again a bit bluesy to start as the band noodles away a bit. At close to 3 minutes the riff that should rule them all kicks in. It is a pretty cool phased out guitar riff for sure. This track really speeds up towards the end. Zomblues is the only short track at 4 minutes. All the Pretty Horses starts off very fast with some cool wah guitar solos and then they slow it down again. These jams are all pretty cool. I think the production is a bit too thin and clean for this style of stuff and they need a more down and dirty sound to be more effective but some pretty cool jams as a starter for King Bong. Get stoned.

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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